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The Perfection Pod: A show about the Boston Bruins

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The Athletic's Joe McDonald and Fluto Shinzawa are joined by NHL analyst and Boston Native Billy Jaffe to guide you through another season of hockey in Beantown.

The Athletic's Joe McDonald and Fluto Shinzawa are joined by NHL analyst and Boston Native Billy Jaffe to guide you through another season of hockey in Beantown.


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The Athletic's Joe McDonald and Fluto Shinzawa are joined by NHL analyst and Boston Native Billy Jaffe to guide you through another season of hockey in Beantown.




Bruce Cassidy on Phase 2 of Return-to-Play, Training Camp Preparations, Scouting Opponents and more

Joe and Fluto discuss the NHL entering Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan with Bruins players and staff starting to work their way back onto the ice, and the guys discuss expectations for Zdeno Chara's return after the NESN documentary on his 1000th game, before welcoming Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy back to the show. Bruce chats about players getting back to practice and preparations for training camp when the NHL is ready to enter Phase 3, the restrictions on goaltending coaches and how...


Marc Savard talks Transition To Coaching, Place in Bruins History + NHL Return to Play Progress

Joe and Fluto check in after the long weekend with reaction to the NHL's latest release of information about its Phased Return to Sport Protocol, before welcoming in former Bruin, Marc Savard. The guys discuss some of the issues relating to a transition back onto the ice, and how some of the suggested solutions could impact the Bruins players and coaching staff. Then, Blues assistant coach Marc Savard joins the show to chat about his time in Boston and having his Bruins tenure cut short by...


Bruins Legend Ray Bourque talks B's Playoff Hopes, Winning the Stanley Cup, His Foundation & Torey Krug

Joe and Fluto reemerge from the weekend and discuss the latest on the NHL's efforts to return to play, as well as Fluto's piece on the Bruins powerplay success, before welcoming in Hall of Famer and Bruins legend Ray Bourque (12:14). Ray discusses how his foundation is finding ways to support first responders during difficult times (15:22), his thoughts on the NHL's efforts to resume play and how the Bruins were trending heading into the playoffs (19:26), as well as his own experience...


Andy Brickley talks '70s Bruins Impact, 'Chief' Stories and Return to Play Realities

Straight to the point this week - Joe and Fluto welcome in Bruins analyst and former Bruin Andy Brickley to chat about the anniversary of the 1970 team and the impact it had on him as a kid growing up in the city. Andy also talks about meeting his idol, Johnny Bucyk, and some of his favorite memories with the Chief, as well as his thoughts on the NHL's options for attempting a return to play, and some of the issues involved with multiple potential scenarios. Plus, Joe and Fluto chat about...


Andrew Raycroft on Jaroslav Halak's Extension + 2021 Salary Cap Projections

Joe and Fluto get a chance to react to some real news with Jaroslav Halak signing a one-year extension with the Bruins over the weekend. The guys discuss the benefits of getting the deal done now, early projections for next year's salary cap, then welcome in former Bruins goaltender and NESN analyst Andrew Raycroft to chat about the deal, and what Halak has meant for the Bruins goaltending stability. Plus, Andrew discusses how goaltenders will handle a potential return to play after so much...


Mark Recchi talks 2011 Stanley Cup Memories, Hollywood Ending and Transition to Coaching

Billy, Joe and Fluto get right down to business and welcome in former Bruin and current Penguins assistant coach Mark Recchi to chat about recent reuniting of the 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team. The guys chat about getting to re-watch his final game nearly 10 years later, as well as some of his fondest memories about his time in Boston and how he's staying in contact with that team. Mark also discusses being traded to Boston late in his career and the decision to play one more year after...


Providence Head Coach Jay Leach Talks Bruins Prospects + Commissioner Fluto

Billy, Joe and Fluto reconvene to take a big picture look at the game and what each would change if they were commissioner for a day. With Fluto revisiting the Charlie Coyle trade later this week, the guys discuss what it's meant for the Bruins, then P-Bruins head coach Jay Leach joins the show to chat about the development of Bruins prospects like Jack Studnicka, Trent Frederic, and Dan Vladar, as well as his own improvement as a coach.


Chris Wagner on the Bruins Locker Room, the Art of Hitting, Family Influence and more

Bruins forward Chris Wagner joins Billy, Joe and Fluto to chat about how he's spending the time off and the tragic loss of former Bruin Colby Cave. Chris reflects on his season before the pause and trying to find consistency on the Bruins fourth line, the Bruins locker room bond and what he's learned from veterans like David Krejci, as well as some insight into the art of hitting and some of the biggest hits he's thrown and received over the past year. Plus, Chris details the impact his...


Bruce Cassidy on the NHL Shutdown, Evolution as a Coach and Preparing for the Unknown

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy joins Billy, Joe and Fluto for a lengthy chat about how he's handling the postponed NHL season, impressions of some of the Bruins prospects like Jack Studnicka, and how he's staying prepared for the possibility of a return to play. Plus, Butch discusses Charlie Coyle's growth into a key player for the Bruins, his evolution as a coach and learning to connect with players, as well as his own journey to the NHL during his pro career. Start your free trial at The...


Dave Poulin talks Bruins Memories, Playing with Bourque & Neely, Toughest Opponents, and Bergeron

Billy, Joe and Fluto chat about what would have been for the Bruins at this point in the season and hand out the unofficial 7th Player Award to the player who exceeded expectations this year. Former Bruin and current TSN analyst Dave Poulin joins the show to reminisce about his time with Boston, including finding out he was being traded by the Flyers, joining Ray Bourque and Cam Neely in a dressing room full of leadership, playoff memories with the Bruins and reaching the Stanley Cup Final...


Bruins Season Awards + Noel Acciari Discusses Move to Florida

Award season! Billy, Joe and Fluto set up the week and chat about the latest surrounding COVID-19's impact on everyday live. With The Athletic publishing its 2019-20 NHL regular season awards, the guys debate the Hart, Norris, Calder and Vezina Trophies, and discuss the Bruins version of each. Plus, Billy caught up with former Bruins forward Noel Acciari to chat about his transition in Florida and his thoughts on David Pastrnak's season. Start your free trial at The Athletic by going to...


Hanging In: John Forslund on 14 Days in Self-Quarantine + Bruce Cassidy At Home, Swayman Signs, and more

Billy, Joe and Fluto bring you a bonus episode of The Perfection Pod this week to chat about the latest news surrounding the COVID-19 stoppage and their level of optimism over the NHL resuming play this season. With the Bruins signing goaltending prospect Jeremy Swayman to an entry-level deal, the guys discuss the goaltending pipeline developing within the organization, as well as Joe's piece on Bruce Cassidy and how he's handling life at home with his wife, Julie. Plus, Hurricanes...


Season On Hold: COVID-19 Impact, Bruins Cup Window, and Future of the Core

The Perfection Pod returns to twice weekly while the NHL season is on pause during COVID-19. Billy, Joe and Fluto discuss the impact of the pandemic across the world, and the odds of seeing the NHL season cancelled for good. With the Bruins in position to win the President's Trophy before the stoppage, the guys discuss what a lost season would mean for the Bruins competitive window, and how it could impact the future of a veteran core. Plus, Fluto shares how some of the Bruins will be...


Old Time Hockey: Physical Response, Playoff Atmospheres, Trade Returns, and Coronavirus Concerns

Billy, Joe and Fluto look back at a wild weekend in Boston and a fight-filled affair with the Lightning, including the Bruins showing the ability to respond to physical play and some of the positives they showed against Tampa in a potential playoff preview. The guys continue to dissect the impact of Nick Ritchie and Ondřej Kaše and what they've shown in their short time as Bruins, look ahead to Connor Clifton's eventual return from injury and how it affects John Moore's lineup spot, and a...


Making Statements: McAvoy Maximized, Elite Pasta, Ritchie's debut + HHOFer Dave Andreychuk talks Lightning

Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk joins this week! Billy, Joe and Fluto discuss the Bruins 2-0-0 start to the road trip, including statement wins against the Stars and Islanders after some uncharacteristic play coming out of the Western road trip The guys discuss Charlie McAvoy and the Bruins defence being activated, David Pastrnak's continuing to play at an elite level, as well as a check-in on Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman at Maine. Plus, former Bruin and current Lightning VP of...


Trade Deadline Recap: Finding the Right Ritchie, Moving On from Heinen & Krug's Value

Billy, Joe and Fluto dive deep into the Bruins activity at the trade deadline, and if the team improved on paper by acquiring Nick Ritchie and Ondřej Kaše from the Ducks for Danton Heinen. The guys discuss what the older Ritchie brother can provide in size, as well as the element Kase adds on the backend and if there is a concern about a lack of physicality. Plus, projecting the lineup with the new additions, and how do the recent deals impact the Bruins ability to re-sign Torey...


Looking For Help: Internal Desperation, Coyle's Impact + Trade Targets, Partners & Prices

Billy, Joe and Fluto convene in the midst of a 9-1-0 stretch for the Bruins coming out of the All-Star break, and what's been working well for Bruce Cassidy after some up-and-down play earlier in the season. The guys discuss how internal competition has resulted in a level of desperation throughout the lineup, the impact Charlie Coyle has had since the Bruins acquired him, and if the Lightning's trade for Blake Coleman affects Don Sweeney's plans for the trade deadline. Plus, the guys go...


Fired Up: Bruins Rolling, Lauzon's Suspension, Chara's Workload, Old Rivals & The Beanpot

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Extra Hot Sauce: Mid-Season Auditions, Boosting Marchand, Bjork-Coyle Chemistry & Responding Physically

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Happy Place: Pastrnak's journey to All-Star MVP, savvy John Moore & Bruins Player Poll

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